Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team

The Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) held its historic first meeting in Washington D.C. on October 18th and 19th.

The Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) held its historic first meeting in Washington D.C. on October 18th and 19th.

A few weeks ago Pierce Aerospace was invited to become an inaugural member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy chartered Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST). As an acting member of the UAST we will be working with other industry stakeholders and the government to enhance industry safety while helping establish standards for unmanned flight in the United States.

The first organizational meeting for the UAST was held mid October and behind the scenes work has been on going since then. Pierce Aerospace is serving on the co-chair selection committee and the data survey team.  The participants of these subcommittees are identifying a co-chair to represent the industry from a safety standpoint and developing information that FAA registered drone pilots will see in the near future.

It is an honor to be identified as a key industry stakeholder to participate with a team that will be making impacts in terms of further progressing the safety and integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. However, we pass this honor to the pilots and early advocates of Pierce Aerospace. Pilots utilizing our Flight Portal product will be engaged in laying the foundations for tomorrow. The pilots are the pioneers.

The future of aviation is an integrated airspace with manned and unmanned aircraft operating without conflict and in relative safety. While today’s focus is certainly on the unmanned, Pierce Aerospace’s perspective is that this industry is aviation and aviation is about to enter into a new era. It’s not so much that these aircraft lack onboard pilots, but rather that there is so much that can be done with these aircraft.

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Below are links for more information on the UAST and the other initiatives put forth during the White House Drone Day.

https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=86693

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/02/fact-sheet-new-commitments-accelerate-safe-integration-unmanned-aircraft